LeBron Good, Bledsoe Bad

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The NBA playoff Game Twos are in the books and there were more heroes and villains. LeBron came back with 46 points as the Cavs levelled their series with the Pacers at 1-1.

The Trail Blazers on the other hand, were beaten again at home by a red-hot Pelicans squad and head to New Orleans in a world of hurt trailing 2-0.

The Raptors, Celtics, Rockets and Warriors are all up 2-0, while the Heat (v Sixers) and Jazz (v Thunder) also tied their series at one apiece.

The Good

LeBron: 46 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists…and the first 16 points of the game.

Playoff D: He may be involved in a ‘feud’ with Ben Simmons over the definition of the term ‘rookie,’ but Donovan Mitchell was sensational in Game Two, leading the Jazz to a 102-95 win over Oklahoma City. Mitchell had 28 points, 6 rebounds against the Thunder and Paul ‘Playoff P’ George.

D-Wade’s Blast from the Past: The 36-year old went for 28 and helped the Heat steal Game Two from the Sixers in Philadelphia.

We The North: Toronto has won the first two games of a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.

Save My Beer: Prime-time performers step it up during the playoffs and – like Jayden Brown in Game 2 – this Celtics’ fan delivered in crunch time.

The Bad

Eric Bledsoe, meet Terry Rozier: Even though Boston’s Terry Rozier smoked the Bucks with 23 points in each of the first two playoff games, Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe wasn’t impressed.

Maybe he should be, with the Bucks in a 2-0 hole.

RIP City: Taking nothing at all away from the New Orleans Pelicans – who have been sensational, especially defensively – but the Trail Blazers are in danger of being swept out of the playoffs, something unthinkable a month or so ago.

The Ugly

Failing Chemistry Class: The Wizards actually fought back after falling way behind against the Raptors, but the scenes on the bench seemed to show that indeed, there might be some dysfunction in DC.

Endangered Wolves: Coach Tom Thibodeau was looking for a better effort from his team – and especially big man Karl-Anthony Towns – in Game Two, but it couldn’t have been much worse. Towns scored just five points and the Wolves were smashed by the Rockets 102-82.

What do you think?